Marshlands will be managed more efficiently with amendments introduced to the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act today, April 30. The act allows management of dykes and marshlands in the province for agriculture. The proposed amendments were identified by the marshland administrator. “Marshlands are an important part of agriculture and the landscape of Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “These changes are primarily administrative, but they will ensure that the act is current and addresses the existing needs for marshland management.” Some of the changes include permitting marshland owners to form groups to collectively manage the marshland, as well as allowing construction, repair and maintenance to protect, drain and improve marshlands. The province took over management of marshlands from the federal government in 1967.